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Matt & Kirsten

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S: Kirsten & Matt's Wedding Book

BC: The Beginning (not the end) love mom

FC: Kirsten & Matthew October 1, 2011

1: THE WEDDING OF | Kirsten Jean Challborn | Matthew Cory Wood | & | OCTOBER 1st, 2011

2: a beautiful princess and handsome prince were born... | Once upon a time...

3: The years passed and the children grew into beautiful, bright adults. One day fate brought them together and before long they fell in love. Then one enchanted evening in a city far away, the prince asked the princess for her hand in marriage. She said, "yes", so they sent out a message across the kingdom asking their families and good friends to join them for a wedding celebration...

4: People came from far and wide and many of them worked tirelessly to create a beautiful setting suitable for the wedding of a prince and princess. Even the prince pitched in.

5: Soon the preparations were done and the other guests began to arrive...

6: The prince and his groomsmen greeted the guests - parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and good friends. Everyone in the kingdom who was important to the prince and princess had come to share in the joyous occasion. Finally it was time. The prince and his handsome groomsmen were joined by the bride's three dazzling attendants.

7: The bridesmaids were stunning...

8: ...the groomsmen were smashing... | Everyone, waited patiently for the princess to arrive. | and the little ones were precious.

9: Escorted by her father, the beautiful princess soon appeared. | She took her place beside the prince, and hand in hand...

10: Good Afternoon everyone. On behalf of Kirsten and Matthew, I would like to thank all of you for being here to share in their special day. This moment in time is truly a cause for celebration as they come to be united in the bonds of marriage. There is assumed to be a strong foundation of love and trust, a desire for life-long companionship and a generous sharing of the help and comfort that husband and wife ought to have from each other and for each other, through whatever circumstances of sickness or health, joy or sorrow, prosperity or adversity, the lives of these parties may experience. We know that love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. It is this kind of love that has brought us here today. Marriage is not to be entered upon thoughtlessly or irresponsibly, but with a serious understanding and appreciation of the ends for which it is undertaken. Therefore: If any person can show just and sufficient reason why these two persons may not be joined together in matrimony, let them now declare their reasons, or else from this time forward, keep their peace. I charge and require of you both in the presence of these witnesses, that if either of you know of any legal impediment to this marriage, you do now reveal the same. The Vows: Let the groom repeat after me: I, Matthew, take you, Kirsten, as my best friend for life. I promise to stand beside you through thick and thin, through good and bad, through joy and sorrow. I want to spend the rest of my life hearing your thoughts, seeing your dreams and fulfilling them with you at my side. I promise to do my best to make our lives better and better from this day on because I am so amazed by you. With every beat of my heart, I will love you. This is my solemn vow. Let the bride repeat after me: I, Kirsten, take you, Matthew, as my best friend for life. I promise to stand beside you through thick and thin, through good and bad, through joy and sorrow. I want to spend the rest of my life hearing your thoughts, seeing your dreams and fulfilling them with you at my side. I promise to do my best to make our lives better and better from this day on because I am so amazed by you. With every beat of my heart, I will love you. This is my solemn vow. The Rings: Matthew please repeat after me: I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honour you. I give you my hand, my heart and my love from this day forward for as long as we both shall live. I call on those present to witness that I, Matthew, ask you, Kirsten, to be my lawful wedded wife. Bride: I will. Kirsten, please repeat after me: I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honour you. I give you my hand, my heart and my love from this day forward for as long as we both shall live. I call on those present to witness that I, Kirsten ask you, Matthew, to be my lawful wedded husband. Groom: I will. The Declaration: And now as you, Kirsten, and Matthew, have exchanged vows and rings in the presence of witnesses; by the authority vested in me by the Province of British Columbia, I pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride. | In the presence of witnesses, they exchanged vows and rings...

11: For hearing my thoughts, understanding my dreams and being my best friend, for filling my life with joy and loving me without end, I do. | I would not swap the feeling of being in love with anything, the warmth and comfort you bring to my life, the way you look into my eyes, yes, I will be your wife! | And so they became husband and wife...

13: Their families were so proud of the prince and princess.

14: I love you with everything I am, and more than anyone ever thought possible... | The guests wished them a lifetime of happiness...

15: Someone once wrote: When children find true love, parents find true joy. You have indeed brought us true joy. Our wish is that you enjoy as much happiness in your marriage as we have in ours. Always remember that marriage must evolve to survive. Laugh, love and live life to its fullest - enjoy it all together. Love Mom and Dad Kirsten, you are one of my best friends,we have been through so many highs and lows together. Through each experience we have had learning and have grown stronger from it, I hope that your marriage keeps as strong as our friendship no matter what happens!! Sheldon and I are so happy to have been apart of our wedding, as you being at ours meant so much to us, especially walking me down the isle!! I love you and I know no matter what you will always play an important role in my life, and I can only hope to be the same for you! You and I, being so much alike, I know that Matt must be your one for you to get married, so with that said I wish you both long happiness together, and can't wait to have you both grow old with Sheldon and I!!!!! Love you both. Trish & Sheldon May the love and patience you have for each other remain with you always. Just remember marriage is like a job, the harder you work at it the more it pays off. Patty and Randy When I try to think of moments with Matt, my thoughts turn more to the essence of Matt. Being friends with his parents, we have known Matt for some 20+ years. I have had the privilege of watching him grow from a neat kid full of interesting facts (perhaps even some that I didn’t want to know) to a great young man. Over the years, Matt has changed, a lot, always seeking his place in this world – a niche that he could call his own. Yet over the years, his essence has been unwavering. I believe these thing make up the wonderful guy I call Matt-man: His ability to excel – golf and pool are just two quick example ... His intelligence – he knows so much about so much and shares what he know in a friendly, inclusive way... His gentleness with small people and small animals... His enduring love of his family – steadfast and strong every breathing moment... His quirky eating habits – yet a meal somehow tastes even better when he’s at the table...Matt has always held a special place in my heart. I’m so happy that he’s found his soul mate in Kirsten. Deb & Dave Cautley We love you Matthew and Kirsten. We wish you both love and happiness! Aunt Audrey and Kate Best of luck and much happiness to my number one grandson and his beautiful wife. Love Grandma and Grandpa Martin

17: You were our little Princess and now you are Matt's Queen. You are a beautiful person inside and out. May you together have a very long and satisfying marriage. We are so very proud to be your parents! Kirsten, there are way too many memories that we've created over the last decade to count, but to name just a few... Road tripping to Las Vegas in the infamous yellow Cavalier, getting stranded in Milk River in a freak snowstorm; Eating copious amounts of sushi, discovering the miracle that is cream cheese in maki rolls; Forming the all-girls Pocket Bootys, getting our butts kicked and almost taking off Mike's ear with a chalk; Getting lopsided sunburns while playing epic hours of asshole on the beach at Cross Lake, later coming back to our campsite to discover Max's "break-in"; Working together with the Sunday dream team at Rickis Bootlegger; Dancing on the speakers at Cowboys to the classics - Christina, Brittany, DMX, Ja Rule, Nelly; Becoming the life of the party in Daytona Beach, whether it was back-up dancing to 'Hotel California' at Karaoke or eating conch (and whipped cream) at the Patio Restaurant on the river; Making plans to open up all sorts of clubs - The Hospital, Beavers, etc; Travelling to Crete, where everything is just so old, and tablecloths are easily set on fire; Racing the putt-putt PT Cruiser through Scottsdale complete with toy car sound effects; Apologizing to every poor sap that got paired up to golf with us, keeping score only when we had a good hole... I could go on and on about all the adventures we've had but I've also cherished all the great talks we've had over coffee, not to mention the amazing advice and the unyielding support you've given me over the years. You're the best friend a girl could ask for. Love, Mel To Both Kirsten and Matt, You balance each other out so well and it's a wonderful thing that you have found one another. We wish you nothing but happiness, love and schmoopiness. Love, Mel and Mike Granderma's little angel and Granderpa's Talking Machine You brought us such delight and many happy memories. Thank you for your love My favorite memory, Kirsten, was the times spent with my sister watching Beverly Hills 90210 and X Files religiously having constantly to tune in our pre WW2 antenna while you yelled at me from the back door. My favorite memory of Matt was shooting him with paintballs. May your marriage be longer and stronger than our old TV antenna's reception. Love Neil, Michelle and Jake

19: Live each day loving each other like it's your last... and if that doesn't work, Matt, just smile, nod your head and say yes dear! You will soon learn that she is always right. (Even when she's wrong) Dave (and Brittny and Jasper and ?) I have lots of fond memories of Matthew. I was one of the lucky ones that got to babysit him! But we share a common bond - hockey. We both love our hockey, be it watching our respective NHL teams live or on TV (the latter preferred on a Saturday night with a hamburger in hand). Oh our beloved teams. Hmmm, Matthew was born in greater Vancouver, started his life there - but then his parents moved to...Edmonton?? Oh boy. So began his love of them Oilers. Myself, being the older & wiser one have stayed with my boys, from my hometown - the phenomenal Vancouver Canucks. Mat has reminded me several times about the countless Stanley Cups his team has won. We've had several discussions - some kinda heated - the "Bertuzzi Incident" comes to mind. Maybe the odd Luongo talk. We can agree on Gretzky and Linden. Facebook has made this lots of fun - okay kind fun. Losing game 7 in June, not so much. I find it a cute coincidence the Canucks & Oilers are playing a pre-season game Oct. 1 - GO CANUCKS GO! But who is Matt cheering for? Does he care? Or is he actually, really a closet Habs Fan? Love you Matthew, Cin - XO I'm lucky that Matt is one of my closest friends. He puts family and friends first, and is the type of person you can count on when you need him the most. His experiences up to now will make him a great husband and father in the future. I spent a lot of my young-adult life with Matt, and am really glad we've been able to keep in touch--even though it wasn't always geographically convenient. I look forward to seeing Matt and Kirsten in the future. They make a great couple, and I can honestly say that I'm happy for them both. Vince To my sissy: Thank you for being my best friend. I know the younger years were rough with an annoying kid sister, but we ended up being the best of friends. You were an amazing sister to have growing up. You let me be one of the "girls", and that Kirsten, made me so happy. I was so proud that my big sister liked me and would actually take me out. You're the best and I hope you know that. Thank you so much for letting me be a mini you. And Kirsten, The Alpacas are not wearing jackets. I love you!!! Matt and Kirsten: I do not need to reinforce all the cliches that everyone else has written so I will say this: Life is for the living because when you're dead, you're dead for a long time. So enjoy life. Do lots of stuff and things and be happy together. Do not however, become farmers. It's a bad idea.

20: and then came the wedding feast...

22: Thank you everyone for coming today as we celebrate the marriage of Kirsten and Matt. I’m Deb Cautley and I’ll be your emcee tonight. My husband Dave and I have been friends of Roy and Claudia for over 20 years so I know the groom quite well. Matt, right about now you should start to get nervous. When we arrived on Thursday, I had never met Kirsten but over the past few days, it’s become easy to see why Matt loves her so. Now interestingly enough, when Kirsten and Matt told their parents that they were getting married, Kirsten’s Mom and Matt’s Dad had some advice for them to help them understand their spouses and make the marriage go smoothly, This is what Trudy told Kirsten to help her understand Matt: “Would you be mad if I decided to.” – means he already did it, and doesn’t know how to hide it... If you ask his opinion, and he says “I don’t care”, or “I don’t know” – he really doesn’t care, or know... Men don’t have to know the rules of a sporting event to enjoy watching it... Men really believe that: mowing the lawn, taking out the garbage, and reading the paper, is doing their fair share... Men don’t spend money on expensive toys just to make you mad – it’s genetic, they can’t help it... Men’s criteria for stopping while channel surfing: 1) women in bikinis, 2) a karate fight scene, 3) PGA playoffs. Roy’s advice for Matt went like this: Never let her go to bed angry – you’re defenseless when you sleep...If she says, “Do whatever you want to” – You’d better figure out what it is she wants you to do...When you say “I do” she owns you from the nose down. What you think, and look at, is your own business...What you think, and look at, can still get you in trouble – if she catches you thinking it, or looking at it...Do it when you get a minute” – Means “It should have been done already, and without me telling you”...If you go shopping with her, she will inevitably leave you alone in the bra and panty section – Don’t Browse. | The Emcee, Deb Cautley spoke from her heart...

23: Marriage is an incredible journey that is meant to be enjoyed. Don’t find reasons to be miserable. Instead embrace at the beginning and end of each day and many times in between. Laugh together; share each other’s experiences and make magical memories together. Kirsten and Matt’s first date was date to play pool. He made a bet with her that he could not possibly win, for dinner. A bet he’s pretty sure is still paying off. Both of them love pool and so I did some research. Found it interesting that there are some lessons for Marriage to be taken from Pool. Enjoy The Game: Whether you like it or not you are players in the game of married life. Are you having fun? No? Why not? Too often we get caught up in all the things that are going wrong instead of being thankful for all that is going right. Focus: Marriage, like pool is all about focus. Your ability to focus on the other person's happiness is essential in achieving your own happiness. Really listen. Really love. Give your undivided attention to each other. Take The Time To Aim: In marriage, as is in life, it is especially important to aim. You can hit the ball wildly and maybe knock a ball in, but this method is highly inefficient. Take some time to determine what you really want. What is your ideal life? What are your goals? What steps can you take to make your ideal life a reality? If your answers are the same, it’s easier to get there. Slop Is A Part of Life: Things are not always going to be pretty. There will be times when you just want to quit. Realize however that “slop” is simply a part of marriage. Without experiencing the lows we would not be able to experience the highs. How you react to the lows makes the difference. Never quit talking to each other even when you may be angry. Don’t quit when times get rough. Learn to accept the “slop” with a positive attitude and learn from it! Be Humble: Being humble is an incredibly important quality trait to possess. An occasional celebration is acceptable; instead. It’s OK to be proud of what you do together. Don’t Worry About Your Mistakes: You are going to make mistakes (a lot of them.) You are going to say things you know you shouldn’t have said (I know I do.) You are going to do things you may regret. The only real mistake is failing to learn from your experiences.. Make a mistake? Apologize. Forgive each other and do it quickly... All You Need Is Practice...I’ll leave that one for you to fill in together.

24: Thank you all for being here tonight to join Kirsten and Matthew as they celebrate their commitment to and love for each other. Those who travel the furthest always get recognized and Greg and Theresa, who came from Halifax, win that prize hands down. There’s a large group from Edmonton, including Kirsten’s parents Trudy and Kurt and Grandpa Cy and their extended family, including Amy, Kyle, Azelyn and Brynn; Neil, Michelle and Jake; and Trish and Sheldon. Also from Edmonton, maid of honor Melissa and her fiancé Mike, my sister Ruth and friends of Matt and Kirsten, Kevin, Vince and Cliff. And coming up from the Lower Mainland, two more of my sisters, Audrey and Cindy, and their daughters Kate and Elizabeth; Claudia’s sister Patty and her husband Randy; and Matt’s friend Todd. And, of course, from right around the corner, we welcome Claudia’s parents Kas and Joyce, our son David, his wife Brittney and our grandson Jasper and Jasper’s other Grandparents, Pam and Chris. I need to particularly thank our emcee for the evening, Deb Cautley, and her dashing husband Dave. They came from Edmonton for tonight’s celebration. In the late 80s Deb and I coached a little league team together. We had clearly defined areas of responsibility. I handled the technical side. How to turn a double play, making sure to hit the cut-off man, how to lay down a perfect bunt, that sort of thing. Deb was responsible to team morale. She employed a variety of innovative motivational techniques to make sure the boys were loose and ready to play. One of her favorites involved taking the team onto the infield just before the game. She spread them out in their freshly washed white, blue and red uniforms. Then she had them lay down on their backs and make angels in the freshly raked shale. | The parents had some words of wisdom, much love and good wishes for their future...

25: This sense of mirth and joy that Deb exudes and shares with Dave is one of the many reasons they have been dear friends to Claudia and me for more than 20 years. They have, in fact, been more like family than friends for all those years and over that time they developed a special bond with Matthew and David. Now, one of the cool things about weddings is how families kind of instantly expand. Claudia and I look forward to getting to better know Trudy and Kurt, and their kids and grand kids, many of whom we met for the first time last night at the barbecue. And, of course, our family expands to include a poised, intelligent, confident and beautiful new daughter. We’ve only known Kirsten for a few years. But her charm and forthrightness and her disarming sense humor make it seem as though we have known her much longer. And, it’s a measure of Kirsten’s persuasive powers that, for the first time and I’m pretty sure the last, I’m wearing a pink bowtie. Kirsten fits perfectly into our family and we are delighted and fortunate to welcome her to the clan. We have, of course, known Matthew much longer. And I must say that for all of the 30-odd years of his life we have never seen him as content, as happy, as comfortable in his own skin as he is with Kirsten. She clearly completes him in some profound way. Matthew knows better than most that life is a search. He knows that the goal of the quest is never completely clear but that it includes truth, beauty, happiness and love. In Kirsten, Matthew has found a soul mate, a life-partner who will share the search, wherever it may lead them. Claudia and my hearts are filled with joy and pride as we watch Matt and Kirsten begin their life together as husband and wife and we hope that they find as much love and happiness together as we have found.

26: Two hearts that have been merged is marriage; two souls that have been merged is fate. | Our daughter Kirsten How is it that yesterday, a beautiful baby girl was placed in my arms and today her Dad gives her away to Matt, to be his wife? As some of you know, the time in between is short, oh so very short. Yesterday. Yesterday Kirsten, our arms were full of you as we walked and rocked our baby girl. Yes it was colic but all that crying suddenly turned into a chatty vivacious toddler who could do anything her brother could do but better. And talk, talk, talk; therefore Grandma and Grandpa named her Kirsten Jean the Talking Machine. Before I was ready, it was off to school always attempting to be the smartest and best. Sneaking up real fast was lipstick and boys and a real pesky sister, who in Kirsten’s words “she’s always copying me Mom. Make her stop” Kirsten likes her own style and flair. Somewhere in there she had time for swimming, soccer, figure skating, downhill ski racing, volunteering in everything Mom volunteered in, ladies hockey and even cheerleading for her younger brother, although she’s never forgiven me for not letting her play football instead! Kirsten liked to truck with her Dad which may be the reason she is such a seasoned traveler now. Las Vegas, England, Greece, San Diego, Florida, and her big favorite, New York. One day we will make Hawaii!

27: Kirsten loves education and is always learning. With a Business Management Degree under her belt, she is now on her way to become a Chartered Accountant. Maybe when she graduates I’ll have enough Airmiles saved for a celebration in Hawaii. And Folks, hang on to your wallets because she knows how to part you from your cash should you step into any store she sells at. Well that was the quick version as there is so much more to tell about this very special person we call our daughter. Kirsten; I want to thank you for being You. You are unique. The sun every day in my life. Thanks for all the time you shared with me, the talks, the shopping and dishes you did for me, Thanks for dragging me into the twenty first century with my hair and my clothes and I know how hard you had to drag! Thanks for coming to Bingo and all those many Scrabble games. Thanks for teaching me how to play Pool, keeping me young and on my toes. Most of all, from the bottom of my heart, thanks for being my best friend! Matt: Welcome to our family. You are a little quiet but that’s okay. We will change that wee problem over time. Quiet doesn’t cut it with this crew, just ask Kyle and Michelle. Joking aside, all we ask is that you love and treasure Kirsten as we do and you will have a best friend for life; that is a treasure in itself. Love each other Always be kind God Bless you May your marriage be a haven Love you both Congratulations Mom and Dad

28: Love is looking into someone's eyes and seeing yourself perfect for the first time in your life. | ...then a few more people had good things to say... | There was much laughter and there were many happy tears...

29: "Love is when you have a bad day but then you see the one you love and everything seems to be okay." | In the end the prince and the princess had a few things to say themselves, the most important of which was...

30: "I've fallen in love many times.. always with you." | ...let the dancing begin!

32: TRUE LOVE | And so with the support of their family and friends, the prince and princess began a new life together...

35: May they live happily ever after...

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